Pub. Date: 5th January 2012 (UK) 2nd January 2012 (US)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (UK) Poppy (US)
Series: Immortal Beloved (#2)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Fantasy, paranormal – immortals, romance
Darkness Falls is a direct continuation of the events that happened in Immortal Beloved. Nastasya is still in Immortal rehab at River’s Edge. She slowly begins feeling better about her life, although confused about her relationship with Reyn, when things start to go drastically wrong. She starts to have violent visions and is convinced she has inherited ‘darkness’ from her family, darkness that is causing strange things to happen at River’s Edge. Nastasya, staying true to her usual fight or flight response, runs away from River’s Edge in an attempt the protect the other Immortals, and comes into contact with an unexpected visitor.
Darkness Falls is very similar to Immortal Beloved in terms of pacing, plot and characterisation, but it does not suffer from “middle book syndrome” – Darkness Falls has a clear purpose. Nastasya is struggling with her identity and depression, and the entire novel follows her emotional journey. Darkness Falls also provides us with more insight into Nastasya’s back story and the reasons for wanting to change her life. Like Immortal Beloved, there is the occasionally historical flashback.
I enjoyed finding out more about Nastasya and my favourite thing about Darkness Falls was her narration. I had completely forgotten about how engaging Nastasya’s narrative is. I don’t think I’ve ever read another series where the narrator addresses the reader directly, but it worked really well in this book and I can’t see the trilogy being written in any other way. Nastasya is even more hilarious in this novel, with her sarcastic and witty remarks. Because she’s an Immortal, she’s stuck between feeling like a moody teenager and acting like a mature adult, but she’s never a dislikeable character.
Another thing I also enjoyed reading about is the apprehension that Nastasya has about starting a relationship with Reyn. It’s quite common in young adult romances for two characters to instantly fall in love, even if one of them isn’t likeable. Reyn has committed some atrocious acts in the past (as has Nastasya) and Nastasya is torn between accepting him for who he is now, and pushing him away. Reyn is a genuine, conscientious boy and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes.
Darkness Falls is an enjoyable sequel to Immortal Beloved with a dramatic ending, and I’m looking forward to seeing what journey we’re taken on in Eternally Yours!
Thank you Hodder for providing this book to review!